What a treat!
The performance was held in the auditorium of Webster's Community Music School. The 13 act show performed by students from Beijing Normal University featured a medley of traditional Chinese artistic expression including; dance, martial arts, music, calligraphy and opera.
If you missed the performance, but are interested in learning more -- Webster University is hosting a series of events during the month of October beginning with an exhibit featuring traditional Chinese art. The exhibit opens on Sunday, October 5th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at The Old Orchard Gallery at 39B South Old Orchard, Webster Groves. Artists will be present at the opening and a limited quantity of signed photo books will be available. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is FREE. The art exhibit will run 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, October 6th through October 22nd.
|The opening number combined dance with martial arts. The piece was called Flying Dragon|
|The pipa (pronounced pea-pa) is the most popular Chinese instrument.|
A four string instrument and one of the oldest with more than 2,000 years of history.
|Song of Xiang He|
This one was one of our favorites. They sang and danced on, around and over the drums.
"I don't know what they were saying, but it was pretty," shared Natalie
|We got a taste of Beijing Opera called Guifei Zuijiu. |
While we weren't fans of the songs, we did love his dramatic make-up and flamboyant ensemble.
|Male Group Dance: Story of my Hometown|
|Group Chinese Instrument Ensemble|
|This piece was called Fascinating Dunhuang|
|The Propitious Tree|
|The Dream of Nanna. |
A dance that tells the story of a girl who lives in the mountains, but longs for another life elsewhere.
|The Euphrates Poplar|
This piece celebrated the 56 ethnic groups that make up China.
|Natalie - with all of the performers.|
|She was tickled to find two cakes on the Webster U. campus|